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Stephen Colbert Gets an Eight-legged Namesake

Before you grab a newspaper to swat that spider crawling across your wall, beware, you may be killing a Stephen Colbert — or at least, a trapdoor spider species recently named after The Colbert Report host. The spider was discovered along the coast of California last year but hasn't been named until now.Next Wednesday, East Carolina University biologist Jason Bond, who specializes in creepy-crawlies, will appear on the show to introduce Colbert's namesake, Aptostichus stephencolberti — and of course, since Colbert famously doesn't pronounce the "t" in his last name, it will also be silent in the spider's name.What do you think about new species being named after celebrities? — Erin FoxRelated• Use Our Online Video Guide to Watch More of The Colbert Report

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Before you grab a newspaper to swat that spider crawling across your wall, beware, you may be killing a Stephen Colbert - or at least, a trapdoor spider species recently named after The Colbert Report host. The spider was discovered along the coast of California last year but hasn't been named until now.
Next Wednesday, East Carolina University biologist Jason Bond, who specializes in creepy-crawlies, will appear on the show to introduce Colbert's namesake, Aptostichus stephencolberti - and of course, since Colbert famously doesn't pronounce the "t" in his last name, it will also be silent in the spider's name.
What do you think about new species being named after celebrities? - Erin Fox
Related
" Use Our Online Video Guide to Watch More of The Colbert Report